Architectural thesis. A persistent thought that is sowed in your mind at the very nascent stage of architecture. Thesis, the sound of this word can be quite intimidating. A huge chunk of project and skill display that will include all your learnings so far, as the fraternity defines it.
If you’re fearing the process of arriving at a good topic, take a breath. The options are plenty and you will get through this just the way you’ve reached till here in architecture. If you are amongst the neutral or balanced ones, cheers to that.
Now that we have a check on how you’re feeling, let’s swim into learning mode. Who doesn’t enjoy a fun-filled unwinding session, and in the context we live in; our cities do offer us some breathing, dancing, and thriving spaces amidst the arid rushes.
Here are 20 topics for leisure and fun activities that you could add research and creativity to, make it uniquely beautiful, and ace that thesis.
In a world where we find ourselves through stories, theme-based cafes are in extreme demand. Ranging from book cafes, dog cafes, culture-based cafes to Bollywood-themed cafes. You name it. From retro to metro to continental and doodle.
Designing a cafe revolving around an idea, a concept that is stimulating, reminiscent, and stirring is a sure shot success idea. Adding your own flair and exploring realms and themes that have never been executed could make you stand apart.
Well-designed Parks with trees and pleasing landscaping become a focal point in connecting a community. In a world where privacy has overwritten the rules of disconnect, parks; be it a playpen, plain parks with cycling and walking tracks, or open spaces for movie screening. Parks can be pivotal and reviving elements in uplifting community life.
Creatively designed parks can be a molding element to a child’s psychology. Focusing on a larger scale and the effect of parks in a city context can be an interesting thesis topic.
3. Movie Theatres
In a world where people watch more Netflix than sunset, movie theatres are definitely taking a back seat. They used to be thriving leisure spots once upon a time, post-pandemic; people prefer staying in. As an architect, you can focus on designing distanced, innovative movie theatre setups that will make people have a shift into participating in an outdoor leisure activity rather than being glued to the screens at home.
Food is one inviting element that builds and binds cultures. As much as the flavour and taste of the food matter, it is important to have beautifully designed spaces that can cater to utmost comfort and luxury.
Groundbreaking restaurant designs can increase the user influx of the restaurant and hence this topic can be explored for further revolutions in the hospitality industry.
As much as alcohol is damaging to the human system, the world is devoured in consuming alcoholic beverages and bars are the trending hotspots. Ranging from high stooled seatings to floor dipped conversation pits, bars are setting trends, and designing them in a way that will keep its users more involved and consumed is the underlying challenge.
Resorts are crafted habitats to treat the guests and initiate a rejuvenation process plunging them into vacation mode. Most resorts are located at the beachside, mountainside and lately, underwater too. These spaces include a package of activities that are essential to unwind and are designed to cater the leisure needs.
7. Amusement Parks
Amusement parks can be challenging and exigent in terms of efficient planning, circulation as well as the design aspects. Amusement parks are large spaces that confine a multitude of designed rides, restaurants, changing dorms, and administration spaces.
As an architect, you should aim at arriving at a very user friendly and guided design that can aid in curating a fun-filled thrilling experience.
8. Shopping Malls
Shopping malls are substantial complexes with a series of stores, restaurants, gaming zones, and retailers. It demands a well-devised vertical circulation and connectivity on each floor from one zone to another. It requires an effectively interpreted core and a zoning system that is suffused with proper planning, it must inculcate all the desired facilities.
Spaces designed with the proper understanding of the Gruen effect tend to succeed in real-time.
An extremely satisfying, well-lit room of stacked books that throw into any world you envisage is a different kind of magic that this world contains. The library. Many might not consider this as the definition of fun but it definitely is. One of the most relaxing, unwinding places of leisure.
A quiet kind of fun. Adding a surprising element and designing a contemporary reading space can be a game-changing design to the reader’s community.
10. Hobby Studios (Dance, Music or Art)
Scientific researches worldwide prove that hobbies are the best way to deal with stress, anxiety, and other daily mental effects, hence; it qualifies as one of the most significant leisure activities. Hobby studios include various talents like art, dance, yoga, musical instruments, and pottery, etc.
Having a designated space, designed considering the spatial requirements of the hobby or function is essential to enhance creativity in such spaces.